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A turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, making 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, is still expected to be the only engine offered in U.S. models, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. With much more torque than four-cylinder 2010 Ford Ranger or Toyota Tacoma models, the Mahindra should have adequate grunt for most light hauling needs, though, while returning up to 30 mpg on the highway.
The Mahindra TR20 and TR40 won't have too much of a bargain-basement feel, at least when considering the features list, as air conditioning, power windows and locks, and USB and SD sound-system interfaces will all be available; four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and electronic stability control are expected to be standard.
Mahindra hasn't yet made any official announcements about its dealership network, but Geylin assures that it's "about 350 strong, with most points already filled." On the company's site, there's a national dealership-network map.
Beginning late this calendar year or early next year, Global Vehicles is also still planning to import an SUV that's closely related to the pickup models.
Will Mahindra, and Global Vehicles, come through? We sure hope so, as it would bring some much-needed rivalry to a long-neglected portion of the pickup market. Let us know what you think.